James Wilson has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club he’s played for since he was seven.
The young striker was given his shot in the Premier League during Ryan Giggs‘ short stint as interim manager in 2014, where he scored twice in his debut as an 18-year-old.
However, Wilson was used sparingly under Louis Van Gaal last season, managing just one goal in 13 appearances. This year, he has been playing with the reserves.
Before the transfer window when United was in need of a striker, many called for Wilson, now 19, to be given more of a run with the first-team. When rumors began to swirl that he may be sent out on loan, United fans were livid.
Then the club signed Anthony Martial, who has gone on to score four goals in his first four appearances, effectively keeping Wilson out of the squad.
Speaking with the media today, Louis van Gaal called Wilson “one of the brightest young English prospects,” but said he will still have to wait to get his chance in the Premier League.
James is one of the brightest young English prospects and we are delighted he has signed a new contract. He is a very talented forward player and has a keen eye for goal. His development is continuing in the right direction and it is clear to see that he has a fine future ahead of him.
He is the natural successor of Martial, but I think he needs to play. But Manchester United’s interests is always higher than individual interests so I have doubts to let him go. Maybe we have to wait until December to know how it is with our club – if we are succeeding in the Champions League, the Capital One Cup – because maybe he shall receive minutes off me because I have to rotate.
Based off LVG’s quotes, the manager still would like to send Wilson out on loan to get more consistent minutes. However, with the risk of injuries and with United having a busy schedule outside of the Premier League, Wilson may need to be called into action.
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Wilson made his debut for the England U-21 side earlier this month, scoring the game-winner against the United States. He may have to wait for more minutes at United, but there’s no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him.